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The Spanish Civil WarRevolution and Counterrevolution$
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Burnett Bolloten

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469624464

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624464.001.0001

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Soviet Influence, Political Dissimulation, and the Plight of President Azaña

Soviet Influence, Political Dissimulation, and the Plight of President Azaña

(p.159) 15 Soviet Influence, Political Dissimulation, and the Plight of President Azaña
The Spanish Civil War

Burnett Bolloten

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter chronicles further developments in the Spanish Republic. In addition to the political and economic leverage that Moscow had secured by the acquisition of Spanish gold, the affairs of the government were also subject to the expertise of the military advisers and political agents arriving from Russia in September and October of 1936. These agents exercised the authority of ministers in several departments. Alongside this burgeoning Russian influence, the Spanish Republic also had to contend with its president, Manuel Azaña, who by this time entertained pessimistic thoughts that even verged on outright resignation of his post. However helplessly Azaña felt about the Revolution, the fact remained that, in order for the Western democracies to continue to recognize the government as the legally constituted authority, the president of the Republic had to remain in office.

Keywords:   Spanish Republic, Russian military advisers, Russian agents, legally constituted authority, Manuel Azaña, Russian influence

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